Elwood M. Mann is a native of Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, born December 14, 1836. His parents, Jonathan and Mary A. Mann, removed to Missouri in 1844, and after stopping at Wellington one winter, came to Daviess county and settled in what is now Sheridan township. They lived there until 1846, then removed to Gallatin, where his mother died in 1848, and his father in 1859, he having lived with his parents and clerked in his father’s store until that time. In 1860 he engaged in the mercantile business with Jonathan Brosins and his brother William Mann,, under the firm name of Brosins, Mann & Co., doing business until 1862, when Mr. Brosins retired, and the firm of Mann & Bro. carried on the business until the fall of 1863. The following year he went out on the plains, remaining some six months. In the fall of 1866 he once more embarked in the mercantile business, forming a partnership with Pines R. Dunn, and transacting business until 1870 under the firm name of Mann & Dunn, when they closed out. He soon after engaged in general merchandising, continuing about one year, when he entered the grocery business, in which he has-been engaged ever since. In January, 1881, he formed a partnership with. R. R. Wynn, who had clerked for him seven years, and established the present firm of Mann & Wynn.
Mr. Mann has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Laura Clark, who died August 5, 1877, and by whom he had three children, all of whom died. On the 16th of October, 1879, he was united in marriage to Mrs. L. W. Hargus, of Gallatin.
Mr. Mann is a member of Gallatin Lodge No. 106, A. F. & A. M., of Gallatin Chapter No. 11, R. A. M., and of Gallatin Lodge No. 167, I. O. O. F.